Both graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in GSU's Health Administration program can benefit from membership in the GSU Chapter of Upsilon Phi Delta, the Health Administration Honor Society.

Health Administration Honor Society -- Upsilon Phi Delta -- GSU Chapter


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Nature of Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society -- Governors State University Chapter

 Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society logo



Upsilon Phi Delta is a national academic honor society for students in health administration. It is a member benefit of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration. Upsilon, Phi and Delta are Greek words for health, care, and leadership, respectively.
 

The Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society - Governors State University Chapter (UPD-GSU Chapter) is an active member of the Upsilon Delta National Honor Society and is comprised of qualified students from both graduate and undergraduate programs.


The Mission of the UPD-GSU Chapter

The mission of the Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society is to recognize, reward, and encourage academic excellence in the study of healthcare management and policy.
 

Goals
The goals of the Society are as follows:

  • To encourage interest in academic preparation for careers in healthcare management and policy
  • To promote activity that will elevate the standards, ideals, competence, and ethics of women and men preparing for careers in healthcare management, policy, and leadership
  • To provide financial assistance through scholarships to outstanding students pursuing academic degrees that prepare individuals for careers in healthcare management, policy, and leadership
  • To recognize, by means of granting honorary memberships, individuals who have made outstanding contribution to the profession
  1. Membership eligibility
    a. Current Students
    Membership application for the Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society is limited to students who provide evidence of outstanding scholarship in terms of a higher grade point average on a 4.0 grade point scale. Graduate students must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 and undergraduate students a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25.
     
    b. Alumni
    Alumni of the health administration graduate program with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and alumni of the health administration undergraduate program with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 are eligible to be a member of the UPD-GSU Chapter.
       
  2. Pledging and initiation

    Candidates may be considered for membership after completion of Graduation Application.

Administration of the UPD-GSU Chapter

1. General Administration 

     a. The Chair of the GSU Health Administration Department appoints a full-time faculty member to administer the UPD-GSU Chapter.
     b. The Chapter administrator is responsible for conducting all the affairs of the Chapter, including the following:

  • Recruiting members.
  • Administering students and alumni applications.
  • Keeping record of membership.
  • Communicating with UPD members.
  • Planning special events and programs for UPD members.
  • Planning new members' induction ceremony.
  • Administering members' scholarship applications.
  • Posting news and information on the Health Administration Program website.
  • Serving as a liaison between the Health Administration Program and UPD National Honor Society.

     c.  Membership contribution
         Members possess a lifetime affiliation with UPD with a one-time membership fee of $40. This covers the cost of UPD recognition pin, cord, certification and induction ceremony. 

2. Qualifying courses in UPD-GSU

     a. Undergraduate program
     b. Graduate program

3. Officers

  • President: Risa Stegall
  • Vice President:   Melissa Parram-Taylor
  • Treasurer: Kritika Sharma
  • Secretary and Membership Coordinator: Kila King
  • Event Coordinator: Alex Gakopoulou  

4. Administrator

    a. Dr. Zo Ramamonjiarivelo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Health Administration

5. Official Colors

    The official colors of the Honors Society are Crimson Red and Blue.


Membership Application 

For a membership application to Upsilon Phi Delta, the GSU Chapter of the Health Administration Honor Society, please click on the link below.  

Upsilon Phi Delta Inaugural Induction Ceremony

The following students were inducted into the Upsilon Phi Delta national academic honor society for students in healthcare administration at a ceremony on Friday, May 1, 2015 at Governors State University.
  

              2015 Student Inductees:
 

  • Alexandra Gakopoulou, Master of Health Administration Program  
  • Cristy Gallegos, Bachelor of Health Administration Program
  • Kritika Sharma, Master of Health Administration Program

“You represent the best of the best!” noted Dr. Rupert M. Evans, Sr., DHA, MPA, FACHE, Chair of the Department of Health Administration.     

The students were welcomed with additional words of encouragement and praise by CHHS Dean Elizabeth A. Cada, Ed.D., OTR/L, FAOTA;Deborah E. Bordelon, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs; Jennifer Groebner, Ed.D., MHA, BSN, Undergraduate Program Director, Department of Health Administration; and Sheree Y. Sanderson, M.A., CCSP, Assistant Dean of Students. Closing remarks were made by Risa Stegal, current President of UPD. Serving as faculty advisor for the Honor Society is Zo Ramamonjiarivelo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Health Administration. 

Also in attendance at the Induction ceremony was GSU alumni James Munz, a strategic partner with, and University lecturer for, the Health Administration Department for the past 15 years. Munz serves as Regional Director of Physician Relations for Advocate Christ, South Suburban and Trinity Hospitals in the Chicago southland market.      

“Always be passionate about what you do,” advised Provost Bordelon. “This (UPD Honor Society) is an indication of your passion and love for what you are doing.  … I have faith that you are going to continue to strive for excellence in your profession.  Keep in touch with your network – remember us here! Stay in touch with your colleagues.”    

Assistant Dean of Students Sheree Sanderson also offered spirited advice to the inductees.  “My mentor said ‘Visibility was everything,’ But it’s not just about showing up. You have to be connected, collaborative and integrated with others in order to move forward in your career. Right now only four percent of CEOs are women. You guys are going to change that,” Sanderson said to the three female inductees. “You have to step out in faith. Remember what Martin Luther King, Jr., said: ‘Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.’  Congratulations on a job well done!” 

The Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society - Governors State University Chapter (UPD-GSU Chapter) is an active member of the Upsilon Delta National Honor Society and is comprised of qualified students from both graduate and undergraduate programs. Upsilon, Phi and Delta are Greek words for health, care and administration (or leadership), respectively.   

The founders of the society feel that Health is the objective of all our work; that Caring is an essential trait of all people in health care; and that Leadership is the essential trait of those who would lead and manage our healthcare systems.

Officers for the GSU Chapter of Upsilon Phi Delta are as follows:

  • President: Risa Stegall
  • Vice President:   Melissa Parram-Taylor
  • Treasurer: Kritika Sharma
  • Secretary and Membership Coordinator: Kila King
  • Event Coordinator: Alex Gakopoulou
 
A reception for the inductees followed the ceremony.

 Honor Society inducteesPictured, left to right, Dr. Rupert Evans, Chair of the Department of Health Administration at GSU; Kritika Sharma, Master of Health Administration program; Cristy Gallegos, Bachelor of Health Administration program, and Alexandra Gakopoulou, Master of Health Administration program.